Dr James Muldoon
I am a Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Exeter and Head of Digital Research at the Autonomy think tank.
My research examines how modern technologies such as artificial intelligence and digital platforms can create public value and serve the common good.
It explores how notions of freedom, power and democracy need to be rethought in a digital age and what we can do to harness the positive potential of new technology. My book Platform Socialism: How to Reclaim our Digital Future from Big Tech proposes a range of innovative ideas for how digital platforms could be governed by their users. I also examine how digital labour is changing across multiple sectors including ride hail, food delivery, domestic work, childcare and microwork. In addition, my work analyses how artificial intelligence can translate into practical benefits for society and not exacerbate existing social and economic inequalities.
My other research interests include labour movement history, socialism, republicanism, democratic theory, and 20th-century European philosophy.
My teaching focuses on how people can be empowered through greater skills and knowledge to act collectively and strengthen their communities. I offer courses on political theory and a variety of skills for social change such as political communication, public narrative, situation analysis and project planning.
You can also check out my YouTube channel, Political Philosophy, which introduces viewers to thinkers in the history of political thought.